Saturday, March 29, 2008

Three Quarter Time

I made this painting because I wanted explore the hangers theme that started in the piece called Off Season, posted earlier in this blog. Both pieces are (for me) about waiting and how we cope with it.
I just figured out that I have been posting incorrectly to Illustration Friday. I apologize to all of you for the confusion this must have caused, not to mention the scrolling! But I know what to do now, so I hope you'll all come back to visit next Friday when a new theme is posted.
I've been grading like crazy and haven't had a whole lot of time to draw or paint. But I have a window this weekend and I hope to make good progress on my drawing about Mrs. Swift. I hope I can post it soon!

Friday, March 21, 2008


For IF: The routine becomes the pattern of life.

This is one of only a few non-figurative paintings that I have done. It had figures to begin with, but I painted them out. You can tell where they were because I left the weaving dark where the figures had been. This painting was in response to the many stories and tales I have read that contain a weaver character who is responsible for the creation of the paths of life, in particular, stories by Orson Scott Card.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Holding Up the Sky

I heard a quotation by Mao Tse Tung once that said "Women hold up half the sky". Sometimes it seems to me that in some contexts, their responsibilities extend beyond half.

Ruby Tree (painting)

This is an older painting on which the more recent drawing on my blog was based. For me, it was a turn-around on my humans to plants theme; here the plant is adapting to the human world of structure. I called it ruby tree because of the ruby earrings and the color of the bark. Since then I have discovered that there are actual trees called Ruby Horse Chestnut trees. Who knew?

Monday, March 10, 2008

Mrs. Swift

I removed this drawing because I want everyone to look at the finished version, called Mrs. Swift Learns to Speak Boy. Please look at the post on April 3, 2008.

Thursday, March 6, 2008


For a while I was dreaming about being in a doorway with piles of shoes.

Saturday, March 1, 2008


IF: How do you confuse a guitar player? Put a piece of sheet music in front of him!